A discussion of continuing higher education, adult education, training,and related--and some unrelated--Tennessee topics.
Race to the top
Even Alabama and Louisiana do better Tennessee on the ACT. I know that it does make a difference when all of your graduates take the exam instead of just those interested in going to college, but still...When are we going to climb out of the bottom? From The Tennessean.
Tennessee continues to linger near the bottom of the U.S. in ACT scores, which hovered between 19 and 20 points in all four subject areas for a second year. Its composite score for 2011 graduates was 19.5, compared with 21.1 for the nation. The highest score possible is 36.
A report out today from the group that administers the college admissions test also shows only 15 percent of 2011 Tennessee graduates hit all four benchmarks that indicate career and college readiness.
But Tennessee is one of eight states that require all students to take the ACT before graduation, which drops its average score. Only Mississippi, which also tests 100 percent of graduates, posted a lower composite score, 18.7.
In 2009, Tennessee launched a stringent new curriculum and testing system aimed at readying students to compete with their peers nationwide.
Is a term no longer politically correct, evidently. As the cost of higher education goes up, direct parental involvment does as well. From The Atlantic. The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent
Is it possible for parents to be too involved in their children’s lives when they go to college? Parents have to help their kids without overpowering them, Cohen said. Kids need to become “comfortable with the uncomfortable” and learn to navigate tricky academic and social challenges on their own. He travels to schools around the country, including my neighborhood’s high school, giving talks to parents about when and how to get engaged in their children’s college lives. Excessive parental involvement in the lives of their college-aged children, Hamilton said, extends the timeframe for parenting past the 0-18 years. It delays adulthood in children. And, most importantly for Hamilton, it exacerbates socioeconomic inequality. Students without helicopter parents, she’s found, are less likely than those …
The Best Cheap Eats in Every State Tennessee
Ribs are a dish you want to be sure to try in Memphis, but getting them on the cheap can be tough.
That's why Khan recommends going for the rib sandwich at Payne's BBQ, where you'll get slow-cooked ribs sliced and topped with barbeque sauce and stuffed into a bun at $7.
Lose late. The grain of salt taken with this study is that it looks at outcomes in Europe, not the U.S. Still, this is what we liberal arts graduates always preach. From The Atlantic. The Downside to Career and Technical Education
Yet new international research points to a significant downside of such programs: Students may benefit early in their careers, but are harmed later in life as the economy changes and they lack the general skills necessary to adapt.
The study raises concerns about the trade-offs that could come with significantly expanding career and technical training in the United States—at least any version that substitutes for broad knowledge and skills transferable across jobs.
“Individuals with general education initially face worse employment outcomes but experience improved employment probability as they become older relative to individuals with vocational education,” write four researchers in the study, which appeared in the winter 2017 issue of the peer-reviewed Jo…